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Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips

Updated on December 30, 2010

Potato chips just got even better with the addition of chocolate... and vice versa.

If you are a fan of both potato chips and chocolate, then you will surely love chocolate-covered potato chips. This delicious and unusual pairing is a tasty way to satisfy both sweet and salty cravings.

I was introduced to this interesting treat when my husband took home a box of Royce Potato Chip Chocolate from Tokyo in 2005. It was love at first bite. I'm a fan of both food items individually so I took instantly to the delicious combination of sweet, smooth, luxurious milk chocolate and crisp, thick-sliced lightly salted potato chips. The Japanese brand Royce was not yet available here in the Philippines at the time, and I didn't know of other candy companies that made it, so I started looking for ways to make the treat myself.

Hungry for more information about chocolate-covered potato chips? Please read on.

Image courtesy of Esther Price Assorted Chocolates

Scrumptious potato chips swathed in luxurious chocolate...yum! (Photo by Lori Baltazar)

Scrumptious potato chips swathed in luxurious chocolate...yum! (Photo by Lori Baltazar)
Scrumptious potato chips swathed in luxurious chocolate...yum! (Photo by Lori Baltazar)

I initially thought that this unusual combination originated in Japan since the first chocolate-covered potato chip I've ever tasted is made by the Japanese brand Royce, but apparently the "chipper" as it's called in Fargo, North Dakota has been around for ages. Widman's Candy, founded in 1885 as well as other commercial confectioneries and homeowners in the state have been making these treats for a long time.

They finally came into the market in 1985 when a company called Executive Sweets started manufacturing them commercially and has gained a small following by word of mouth since. Other companies started making the treat.

The snack has been quite popular in Japan in the last decade. Over there, the snack is called "pote choco", a shortcut for "potato chocolate", and comes in many variants including versions where the chips are covered in dark or white chocolate. Sometimes the chips are crushed into little pieces and are mixed into the chocolate just to add a salty bite to the sweet treat.

In the US, the not-exactly-healthy snack received considerable media attention in 2009, when they were served to congressional committee members discussing, ironically, Health Care reform. It is currently gaining in popularity at the moment as recipes are constantly appearing online.

Image courtesy of Royce Chocolates

Read more about chocolate-coated potato chips on the following websites:

Get your crunchy, sweet, and salty fix from Executive Sweets,

"Home of the Original Chocolate Covered Potato Chip"

Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Executive Sweets

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, MILK CHOCOLATE
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, MILK CHOCOLATE

Gourmet Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. Fresh and crisp potato chips are dipped in smooth and creamy milk chocolate. Sold in a one pound box with a gold bow.

 

Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Executive Sweets

Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips 1 lb
Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips 1 lb

Gourmet Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. Fresh and crisp ridged potato chips are coated in smooth and rich dark chocolate. Sold in a one pound box with a gold bow.

 

Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Executive Sweets

Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips 1 lb
Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips 1 lb

Gourmet Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. Fresh and crisp rippled chips are coated in milk chocolate and dark chocolate. This box contains a combination of the two variants. Sold in a one pound box with a gold bow.

 

How to make Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips

right in the comforts of your own home

Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips Recipe

Crisp potato chips dipped in smooth and creamy chocolate...mmm.

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Source: AllRecipes

Ingredients

1 pound high quality milk chocolate, chopped

8 cups ridged potato chips

Procedure

1. Melt about 3/4 of the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl over the top of a pan of simmering water (or if you have a double boiler, use that). Continue to heat the chocolate to 110 degrees F (43 degrees C), stirring occasionally. You may use a meat thermometer if your candy thermometer does not go that low.

2. As soon as the melted chocolate reaches temperature, remove it from the heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted. Continue stirring until the chocolate has cooled to 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). Dab some chocolate to your lip, it should feel cool.

3. Use tongs to dip potato chips one at a time into the chocolate. Place on waxed paper and cool in the refrigerator until set.

Image courtesy of Royce Chocolates

Use an excellent-quality double boiler for melting chocolate - Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Universal Double Boiler with Cover

Cuisinart MCP111-20 MultiClad Pro Stainless Universal Double Boiler with Cover
Cuisinart MCP111-20 MultiClad Pro Stainless Universal Double Boiler with Cover

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Chocolate Potato Chips Gift Packs

Assorted Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by A Bountiful Harvest

10pc Assorted Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
10pc Assorted Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

A Bountiful Harvest uses two chips dipped in a delicious blend of Belgian Chocolate and has garnished them with a variety of their most popular toppings. Included in this selection are Belgian Chocolate Potato Chips with nuts, non-pariels, toffee & sprinkles.

 

Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips by Sugar Plum Gourmet Chocolates

Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips
Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips

Each crispy Potato Chip is hand dipped in rich milk and dark chocolate. The box features 1/4 lb. of milk chocolate dipped potato chips covered in mini m&m's, 1/4 lb. of all milk chocolate potato chips, and 1/4 lb. of dark chocolate potato chips. Comes in two beautiful brown micro boxes.

 

I would love to hear what you think!

What do you think about the combination of potato chips and chocolate? - Your thoughts are most welcome.

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      mark1999 5 years ago

      I have never tried them before. But, they look great.

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      I probably try this.

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      Angelina 5 years ago from California

      Trader Joes sells these now....very addictive

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      Drake McSherry 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      It's all good with me. Chocolate is great on anything anyway. :)

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      DelightfulDanie 5 years ago

      It sounds so incredibly delicious! Mmmm!!

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      Melody Lassalle 5 years ago from California

      I don't know about this one. You never know until you try though! Great presentation.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I think it sounds amazing ! Blessed!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I think it sounds amazing !

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Wonderful combination. I do give them as gifts.

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      Bonfire Designs 5 years ago

      I think if the world ate more of these there would less fighting LOL!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Yum, I can't wait to try making my own; however, the gift packs will make great gifts at the holidays.

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      SquidooRocks55 5 years ago

      Awesome Idea. Pretty much anything dipped in chocolate is great!

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      motorpurrr 5 years ago

      I should make some of these some time. I love the chocolate covered pretzels. Thank you for making this fun lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Happy National Potato Chip Day!

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      Yummy! The kettle chips (which are a little sturdier than regular chips) are great dipped into chocolate fountains too :)

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      great lens will try it one day. All the best. anna

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      mrstwowheeljunkie 5 years ago

      very interested in trying these! great lens!

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      on second thought, it might be yummy

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      very interesting, but ....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, I never knew you could buy something like this, well done on spreading this to others! *blessed by a squid angel*

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      Unreal.. Too good to be true

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      MyFairLadyah2 5 years ago

      wow, i love potato chips & chocolate (esp. dark and hardly sweet) - what a great combo!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      It sounds and looks like a terrific treat!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I'm surprised I've never heard of this. Sounds like a fun treat.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is delicious. I like it a lot.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I always thought chocolate chips were weird, until I tried them! But the place where I used to get them doesn't sell it anymore.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Sweet and savory? It's good for a novelty but I don't like combining the saltiness of potato chips with sweet chocolate.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Well, for goodness sakes...I just participated in your poll before reading the rest of the lens! Now I see you already know about Widman's!! Very cool. By the way, I am making this recipe for gifts this Christmas!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Definitely worth a try.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I would love to try them but that's too much piddling around to make them. I'll have to get someone else to give it a go then act as the taste tester. LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dark chocolate on BBQ chips would be heaven!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Okay seriously not something I should be looking at at midnight. They look delicious. I do love me some seat and salty. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never heard of it before,but would make a nice party food.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well what doesn't go good with Chocolate, so why not chips!! This is a Delicious Idea, thanks for making me hungry!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great and unexpected combination, the possibilities are endless, chocolate covered dill pickle chips, chocolate covered BarBQ chips etc!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I love potato chips and I love chocolate, so it follows that I would be certain to love chocolate potato chips. I will definitely have to try this recipe!

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      alesxandrea 7 years ago

      This lens definitely made me hungry -_- . I love potato chips, i love chocolates.. i bet this combo is great! thanks for introducing this to me. Great lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I'd probably try these because I like the sweet and salt combo. Try Nutella on Ritz crackers. Same principle. ;-)

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Tell me, what chocolate addict would not love this lens and also say:

      "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

      P.S. Many moons ago, my favorite treat was eating potato chips with chocolate ice cream. Sometimes I even had that for dinner!! Yum...

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      This sounds good! Anything chocolate is good to me! Blessing this lens! Thank you for your nice comment on my lens! I appreciate it and think you a good hearted person yourself!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      p.s. Don't know if I said Congrats to you for the angel wings and Giant Squid. If I did not Congrats! Woo hoo!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I like it but it is not my favorite. However, my mother loves them and might trade her only child for a box of them? :) What a great gift idea. I also wanted to thank you for the special visit to my lens.

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      Sounds freaky but nothing wrong with giving it a try. Sweet and salt? Can't imagine that tasting good. Love potato chips but not a fan of chocolate. I'll have a go and see what the general consensus of friends say. I'll be sure to let you know. :) Have a feeling I'm in for a little surprise.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I had never heard of it but now that I've read your page I'd certainly love to try these.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sweet or salty are usually tastes I crave. This satisfies both. Chocolate covered potato chips aren't quite as good as chocolate covered pretzels, though. 5*

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      They sound delicious! Hope they do some gluten free ones for me :-) Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh my, I don't know! Of course I love chocolate, and potato chips are another of my favorites. But putting the two together has me wondering. Have to admit they look rather tempting!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Once again, something I couldn't eat but the research is well done and the page very informative and, yes, for someone who likes chocolate, looks yummy... You have such an endless source of imagination that lies somewhere in your brain!

      Dom.